The Alchemist

HECK Collective presents


by Ben Jonson


The most perfect plot ever planned – Coleridge

The Alchemist is Ben Jonson’s comic masterpiece: an exercise in hilarious mayhem, merciless satire and ingenious plotting.

We follow Face and Subtle, a double-act of unrivalled chemistry on the English stage, in thealchemist36x36their tangled scheme of dupes and tricks to exploit the greed of locals, from the naïve Dapper to the flamboyant Sir Epicure Mammon.

Condensed and performed at breakneck speed, this experimental take on a classic pushes comedy and playfulness to the fore. Fusing Jonson’s most theatrically accomplished script with music, dance and a vibrant interpretation, it offers an urgently contemporary and shamelessly fun interpretation of an iconic classic.

This production is brought to you by the Oxford University Dramatic Society, as part of their annual Summer Tour that showcases Oxford’s best thespian talents.


Praise for their previous productions includes:


It’s hard to imagine a more perfect evening” Daily Info


Gripping, intense, emotional★★★★ Edinburgh Guide


Exceptionally good★★★★ Oxford Times


Extremely well conceived, executed and performed★★★★ EdFringe Review 


Cast: Kieran Ahern, Georgia Bruce, Leo Suter, Ed Barr-Sim, Howard Coase, Helena Wilson, Alice Porter, Hannah Bristow, Zoe Bullock and Connie Greenfield


Tickets and Times

Sunday 6 July at 7.30pm – £9 (£7 concessions)

Recommended for ages 12+

Running time is approximately 1hr 15min straight through, no interval

*Please note that latecomers may not be admitted

Please note this show is NOT part of the Arcola Passport